Antifragility Practices

About Antifragility: Antifragility Summary Antifragility Background Antifragility Practices Schedule 2018

This Antifragility material is all about strengthening up, improving flexibility and robustness – aiming at being able to handle what life throws at you, rather than being athletic enough to perform acrobatics. It allows us to understand what right movement feels like, what breathing into movement feels like in the body fabric. To understand posture. To understand what it mean to breath well. To understand what well-being feels like. To understand the art of mindfulness, of what we do with our focus of attention, of concentration and the deep calm that comes through stillness. All rooted in a pragmatic, practical common sense. Practising this, be as well as you can be, as calm and grounded as you can be, robust enough to handle life, be as decent and compassionate as you can be – be human as well as you know how.   [see Antifragility Summary  and  Antifragility Background]

Antifragility Asana

In this material we do work with the body-fabric. Typically exercise or asana sessions consist of preparing and warming up, then some good strong work, often with flow sequences, usually in the middle range of movement. Then there is good stretching work, working into end-of-range of movement through the various joints of the body – all with attention to breath and awareness to the quality of movement of the body-fabric. These practices lead to a body that functions well.

Courses – Local / Regional

Beginner Antifragility Yoga – Level 1: 1½ hour sessions over 6 weeks

Intermediate Antifragility Yoga – Level 2: 1½ hour sessions over 6 weeks

Building Antifragility Yoga – Level 3: 1½ hour sessions over 6 weeks

Ongoing Classes / Drop-Ins

Intermediate Antifragility Yoga – Level 2: 1½ hour sessions ongoing

Building Antifragility Yoga – Level 3: 1½ hour sessions ongoing

(Usually sessions are 1½ hours, however, sessions at some venues are 1 hour)

PranayamaThe Ishana Breath Practice

The Antifragility material also includes breathing work. Ishana means ‘consciousness’. These practices are aimed at learning about how to breathe and practising techniques that enhance and expand breath capacity. Breathing is so vital to life – and as you enhance your breathing, you enhance your vitality. They also build and work with energy and focus of attention. I think of it as ‘consciousness enhancing‘. We work through patterns of preparatory pranayama practices, and classical practices. The scheme of work is designed to be tailored to each individual, so that practice and progress can be unique to each individual.

Course: 6 x 2 hour sessions over 6 months (Level 1 and level 2 material)

This includes home practice to really assimilate the practice and make it your own.

Workshops: Ishana Breath Level 1 – 1 x 2 hour

Ishana Breath Level 2 – 1 x 2 hour

Ishana Breath Level 1 & 2 – 1 x 4 hour

Meditation The Ishana Meditation Practice

The Antifragility material also includes meditation. These practices are aimed at working with your head-space, with that awareness-perception-thinking knot, and your focus of attention. There are many different meditation techniques and traditions. In the Ishana meditation we focus primarily on mantra (a selection of words or phrases) and japa (repetition of that mantra); and also on breath, attention to breath and listening. I think of it as ‘consciousness clarifying’. If you think of consciousness as a fabric, these practices strengthen it and lead to proper function in the same way as asana strengthens and enhances the body-fabric.

Course: 6 x 1 hour sessions over 6 months

This includes home practice to really assimilate the practice and make it your own.

Workshops: Ishana Meditation – 1 x 3 hour

When taught as a workshop there is no structured progression nor the assimilating and deepening of the practice you would get throughout a course. A part of this Program is developing home practice. These practices are only effective when they are practised – and ideally that means regular, steady practice, practice that is woven into daily habit.

Integrated Practice

The Antifragility Integrated Practice includes asana practices aimed at improving strength and well being in the physical body-fabric. It also includes the Ishana Practices that are aimed at improving strength and well being in the head-space. These practices will all improve and enhance your experience of being human. I think it is especially effective when all three elements are practised together in a sequence – asana, pranayama and meditation. This is the Antifragility Integrated Practice.

Level 1 – 2 hours (1 hour asana, ½ hour pranayama and ½ hour meditation.)

Level 2 – 3 hours (1 hour asana, 1 hour pranayama and 1 hour meditation)

These sessions are aimed at those who are familiar with the Antifragility and Ishana practices, or those with practical experience of yoga generally. The main emphasis here is that it is an opportunity to practice – rather than to learn technique.

We cannot practice in this way without having an affect on those around us, on the world around us.

I like to think of engaging with these practices for the betterment of myself, and the world around me.

* Additional online courses under development

* Summer School Program under development

* Retreats under development (1 day, 2 day, weekend)

About Antifragility: Antifragility Summary Antifragility Background Antifragility Practices Schedule 2018